Top 5 Drama Movies
He helped some patients make progress and
Hi I'm Christina Hartman for about.com and today we're being dramatic. No, really. Here are the top 5 drama movies -- The film is set in Oregon in 1963. Jack Nicholson plays Randle Patrick "Mac" McMurphy, a man who has had problems with the law. He ends up serving jailtime for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl, but somehow convinces the guards he's crazy and that he needs to go into psychiatric care. McMurphy actually fits in frighteningly well at the facility — he helped some patients make progress and found a nemesis in Nurse Ratched, who runs his ward. "The Blind Side" is made even more dramatic because it's actually based on a true story. A couple takes in a homeless African-American teen named Michael "Big Mike" Oher. His adoptive mother, Leigh Anne, takes charge and helps Mike succeed. When he mentions football, Leigh Anne goes full force into helping him succeed. In the end, Michael qualifies for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. He then was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. A former neo-Nazi skinhead white supremacist named Derek Vinyard — unforgettably portrayed by Edward Norton — is serving three years in prison for killing two men who tried to break into his truck. In prison, Derek befriends a black inmate and slowly reformed his ideas. Once he's out, Derek sees his brother, Danny, going down the same path of racial crime. He becomes determined to help his brother see the error of his ways — but could he be too late? "The Shawshank Redemption" is set in 1947 when banker Andy Dufresne is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. In prison, Andy befriends longtime inmate Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman). Red gets Andy a rock hammer, which Andy says is to create small stone chess pieces. Andy is regularly assaulted by the "bull queer" gang. One day, Andy tells Red he dreams of living in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, instructing Red that, if he's ever freed, he needs to go to a certain hayfield in Buxton and retrieve a package. The very next day, Andy's cell is empty. That rock hammer turned out to be more than just to make stone chess pieces. When Red finally receives parole, he goes to the field... and the rest, you'll just have to watch. "Schindler's List" is our top pick. It's set in 1939, when Germans had relocated Polish Jews to the Krakow Ghetto just as WWII was starting. The lead character, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in the city hoping to make it big as a war profiteer. Schindler is a member of the Nazi party and is sponsored by the military. He starts an enterprise with the help of a Jewish man with great business sense. Schindler then hires Jewish Poles instead of Catholic ones because they're cheaper — but this move saves also the people from being sent to concentration camps. The movie is actually based on true story: Schindler saved more than 1100 Jewish people. Thanks for watching the Top 5 Drama movies -- visit About.com for more!
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